Tom Barrett sent an email to potential contributors Tuesday morning officially announcing his bid for re-election in 2016.
Barrett was first elected mayor in 2004 and was re-elected with more than 70 percent of the vote in both 2008 and 2012. The Democrat lost to Republican Gov. Scott Walker in a historic recall race in 2012.
In his email, Barrett says he’ll work to create more family-supporting jobs and continue the battle against gun violence and build partnerships between police and the neighborhoods.
Can anyone make a rational argument for Barrett’s reelection? He’s been the mayor for over a decade and what are the results? Crime is bad. The population is declining. Taxes and fees are up. Barrett hasn’t been responsible for any major new economic development. I suppose you could credit him for a piece of the new arena for the Bucks, but that was mostly driven by other folks. MMSD is still dumping poop into the lake.
Seriously… what is the justification for reelecting Barrett? Is Milwaukee any better off after a decade of his “leadership?”